T4T A Discipleship Revolution
EPUB EBook by Steve Smith
EBook DescriptionI began this book with a degree of skepticism. T4T A Discipleship Revolution EPUB EBook I had read about church planting movements (CPM), and heard about T4T but didn't think they were relevant for my ministry context. I began the book because my ministry leader gave me a copy and insisted our team read it. Despite such a poor start, I found that the book really resonated with me, affirmed my approach to ministry and challenged me to consider some fine tuning adjustments to increase the possibility that God would use me to build a spiritual movement.
The opening example was inspiring, but came from a very different ministry context to mine. I am operating in a suburban, multi- EPUBcultural context focusing on young adults. I have yet to hear of a CPM occurring in a context like mine, but as the final chapter encourages us, there only has to be one first one.
I liked the overview of how T4T differs from other CPM practices. Even my own movement building missed some of the tips that T4T recommends, and I plan to explore some adaptations.
What, specifically, affirmed my own philosophy?
1. Begin by mobilising Christians. I think a lot of an initiator's energy can be wasted trying to find non-Christians who will become Christians and then initiate a movement. We have to prioritise working with the most likely.
2. It is the responsibility of every Christian to be actively making disciples - sharing their faith and training those who respond to reproduce themselves.
3. Training Christians to share their faith begins with one simple, reproducible tool. Our ministry has used the "Knowing God Personally" booklet for decades with continued success.
4. Grounding new Christians in their faith requires a short-term discipleship course which covers specific material to help them be sure of their salvation, deal with sin, live in the power of the Holy Spirit, become self-feeders on God's Word, etc.
5. Leaders can be developed quickly in movements.
What challenged me?
1. Am I bold enough and regular enough in sharing my faith? I talk the talk but do I walk the walk.
2. Do I ask the accountability questions seriously enough to be taken seriously?
3. Am I prepared to pay the price of seeing a real movement begin? Like this book? Read online this: The Lord's Prayer and God's Vision for the World (Engaging Ministry Book 1), The Promise of Discipleship.
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